Ah, Mercury retrograde, how you vex us so. Just when everything is running along smoothly, you swoop in and scramble all the signals, pushing us to the edge of our patience. But, we surrender! We understand that you want us to press pause and review the past. So, as you tour quirky, Space Aged, mad-scientist Aquarius from January 21 – February 11, 2015, we dedicate this moodboard to you. We hope you’ll enjoy this flashback of fashion rebels, wacky devices and moments worth reprising.
1. ROCK DOWN TO ELECTRIC AVENUE
Thank you, Aquarius Thomas Alva Edison (born February 11, the day Mercury turns direct again). You are THE MAN! Warning: Aquarius is the ruler of electricity and this Mercury retrograde might cause a power outage or too. If you want your brain to explode with inspiration, read this collection of his quotes. For example, “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” Or, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” We can apply that to our science projects AND our relationships, right?
2. THE JETSONS PREDICT THE SPACE AGE
Meet George Jetson…and Jane, his wife. Fifty years before Facetime and Skype, they were video chatting away. Watching this 1960s cartoon interpretation of “the future” is a wee bit eerie even. But we’re still waiting for that robot maid, personal spaceship, and Elroy’s jetpack beanie. It won’t be long, we suspect. Watch The Jetsons’ interpret the future here.
3. NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION? YES, PLEASE.
With Mercury retrograde in world-changing, humanitarian Aquarius we’re looking to the peaceful but effective protests of the past. Here, the lunch counter sit-ins of the 1960s busting through those WTF segregation laws.
4. ALL HAIL THE 8-TRACK
Our hazy early childhood memories DO include a dashboard that looked like this. The lengths we used to go to just to hear our favorite songs!
5. CHER HAIR
The 70s are officially back for SS15 and who better than Cher to represent? We’re loving the Pucci print, cosmic earrings and eye makeup too. Pass the flatiron! Cher, we’ve got you, babe. (Here she is singing it with Sonny!)
6. GO FOR SLAPSTICK WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE SLAPPING SOMEONE
Oh, a wise guy, eh? Mercury retrograde can stir up some violent fantasies here and there. But we beg of you, keep your hands to yourself. Instead, live vicariously through Mo, Larry and Curly. Oh, the satisfying sound of Mo’s palm against Curly’s cheek or Larry’s cross-eyed expression as Mo twists his ear. Sadistic? Sure. But, vintage Three Stooges are on Hulu now. Why I oughta…
7. CARRIE BRADSHAW’S GREEN TUTU
Too soon? Nah. Carrie Bradshaw’s kooky combinations (courtesy of genius Pisces Patricia Field) can be cribbed in any era. But as tulle went down the 2015 runways, we’re more into her longer green tutu to the shorter white one she wore in the show’s 1998 (glug) opener.
8. BEFORE THERE WAS GOOGLE, THERE WAS MICROFICHE
Seriously, how DID we survive before we could answer, literally, any question with a two-second, wifi-enabled web search? The answer: We went to the mothaf****ing library, you lazy sloths! And we were grateful, so very grateful, for the invention of microfiche, which saved us HOURS of thumbing through card catalogs or asking the librarian to show us where to find the Ancient Egyptian History section amongst the stacks. As we fed film into this projector-like “computer,” we could read scanned pages of magazines and books. Such a lifehack, we can’t even…
9. BE FROSTY, NOT FEISTY
Urahhhhnus? Urine-us? Ur Anus? Sorry, couldn’t help ourselves. While its name induces giggles, the view inspires awe. This cool, aquamarine “ice giant” is the ruler of Aquarius (the sign Mercury’s retrograding through), and is the only planet to spin sideways, much like unconventional Aquarius. She’s a beauty…and a reminder to keep our cool under fire. Better to be frosty than feisty while Mercury’s in reverse.
10. ZIGGY PLAYED GUITAR
Ground control to Major Tom. We stand by our words: no one does cross-dressing better than the Capricorn man. Uh, hello Marilyn Manson, Jared Leto and Rod Stewart.